I had a nice stint where my skin was clear and balanced. But once the winter weather kicked in my face became a minefield of dry patches! Naturally, I decided to kick my moisturizing routine up a notch. However, instead of the smooth complexion I dreamed of I developed blemishes and tiny pink bumps instead. Given that the new cream I used was oil- and fragrance-free, I was left wondering what went wrong… Until, that is, I spoke with Scott-Vincent Borba, licensed esthetician, skin expert, and founder of BORBA.
According to Borba, if you swap your daily lotion for a richer night cream, your skin can go into shock: “The sebaceous gland needs to regulate the new occlusive barrier,” he says. “Because of this, you should gradually incorporate a more emollient, cream-based moisturizer into your routine by adding ¼ of it to your current lotion each week. This is the best way to transition your skin easily without creating an environment where it won’t be able to breathe. The inability for your skin to oxygenate is what causes irritation like blemishes and bumps.”
When choosing a richer cream, Borba suggests picking one that’s made by the same brand as the product you’re using. If you must change brands, look to one with the same moisturizing ingredient, only in a higher dosage.
For a quick moisture fix, try BORBA’s new Replenishing Quench Mask twice a week.